Two-Time Horse of the Year Wise Dan Retired

Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan, two-time Horse of the Year, has been retired after trainer Charles LoPresti noticed some filling in a tendon the morning of Sept. 7.

The gelding had been slated to make his return from an ankle injury in the grade I, $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Woodbine.

“He’d been training lights out. But, we noticed some filling in his tendon this morning when we were giving him a bath,” said LoPresti. “The vet suggested we scan it and it turns out he has a tear on the outside edge of his tendon.


American Pharoah Arrives at Saratoga

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah stepped off the van at Saratoga Race Course at precisely 3 p.m. ET Aug. 26 for his next assignment, the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) coming up Aug. 29 at the upstate New York oval.

The journey for Zayat Stables’ homebred runner began 12 hours earlier in California, when he left his Del Mar barn in the early hours of the morning bound for Ontario International Airport. He was flown to Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport before traveling on to Albany International Airport.


Embellish the Lace Upsets Alabama

Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Embellish the Lace turned it around from her first time running at the highest level—a ninth-place finish in the June 27 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I)—and took the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Saratoga Race Course all the way on the front end. Watch Video



Hello Everyone,
Jim and I just arrived home from Osoyoos and I’m sure that a lot of you
already know the  race day had to be cancelled.  Due to the road closures
from the fires in Washington state trainers and horses could not arrive.
We would like to Thank all of you for all the help to fill these races and
appreciate each one of you.
For all the trainers and families, all of you take care and be safe.
Denise and Jim

After 20 Days, Spa Handle Up $47.7M From 2014

Aided by an almost 9% increase in average field size and eight more turf races, pari-mutuel handle at the midway point of the 40-day Saratoga Race Course meeting is showing strong gains compared with the same period in 2014.

New York Racing Association statistics released Aug. 19 show total wagering on live racing at Saratoga through Aug. 15 was $319,814,639, up 17.6% from $272,034,037 for the first 20 days of last year’s meet. That’s a gain of more than $47.7 million and an average of $15,990,731 per program.


Delaware Valet Injured, Four Races Canceled

Upset with the level of care after a valet was seriously injured in the paddock at Delware Park Tuesday, Aug. 18, jockeys took off their mounts, forcing cancellation of the final four races.

The race cancellations followed a paddock accident in which valet William Hollick, a former jockey at Delaware, was severely injured. According to Robert Colton, director of the Delaware Park Jockeys Association, Hollick wasn’t transported to a hospital for nearly 35 minutes after the incident despite EMTs being at the track. Full details on what happened in the accident were not immediately clear.

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Wise Dan Works, Woodbine Mile Most Likely

A vacationing clocker meant the Aug. 17 move of Wise Dan was not recorded at Keeneland, but trainer Charlie LoPresti said the two-time Horse of the Year moved closer to a likely start in the Sept. 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) with his third straight breeze on dirt. –

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